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Jacksonville Boy, 5, Gathers 1,200 Pairs of Socks for Homeless

Jacksonville Boy, 5, Gathers 1,200 Pairs of Socks for Homeless

State Sen. Sam McCann (R-Carlinville) presents Kellon Oldenettel, 5, with a Senate Certificate of Recognition Photo: Newsradio WTAX/Courtesy Illinois Senate Republicans

What were you doing at age five?

It probably was nothing philanthropic, was it? A five-year-old from Jacksonville is gaining local and national recognition for a sock collection drive which has netted more than 1,200 pairs – and counting.

Why?

“So their feet can be warm,” Kellon Oldenettel answers.

His mother, Lori Oldenettel, nominated him for a Hasbro Community Action Hero award, and he was one of the six winners. Mother and son took a trip to New York, where Kellon picked up a $1000 scholarship.

Kellon’s already setting an example; his mother says her youngest son, age 2, now wants to collect books for kids who don’t have them.

 

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